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GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 30: Head coach John Tortorella of the New York Rangers during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 30, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Rangers 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The New York Rangers have an ample cushion atop the Eastern Conference, but coach John Tortorella's focus is on turning around a sluggish stretch and not on where his team sits in the standings. The Rangers look to re-establish their success on the road by beating the rival New York Islanders again Friday night. The Rangers (38-15-5) are on top of the East by seven points over Northeast Division-leading Boston but haven't been able to continue pulling away in the race recently, dropping two of three following an 8-1-1 stretch. Those struggles continued with Tuesday's 2-0 loss at Pittsburgh. Tortorella isn't concerned with the order in the East and doesn't think it factors in any additional motivation for opponents. "I don't even think about first place. I think about every game, we're trying to win," he said. "I don't even look at the standings. Again, we're just trying to get better as a team and prepare each and every day to try to win hockey games. "I sense teams are hard to...
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